Navigation for Insight

The Department of Conservation says it’s undergone a  transformational change in the way it sees and does its work.

It’s lost dozens of jobs, but it also changed its structure in September and now aims to engage all New Zealanders: community, landowners, iwi and businesses in managing nature.

But many involved in conservation say the morale at the Department is low and significant experience has been lost.

There are also worries that closer ties with business will affect DOC’s role as an advocate and distort its priorities.

Philippa Tolley examines where the Department is heading now.

Spotted skink and Emma Dunning
Spotted skink; and Emma Dunning, Matiu Somes Services Ranger

Tuatara on Matiu Somes Island